TANGIPAHOA PARISH- State Police say an Independence man was killed after he was struck by a vehicle while walking along Interstate 55 near Amite on Friday night.
State Police have identified the victim as 46-year-old Demetrius J. Ruffin.
Police say around 8:30 p.m. Ruffin was walking along I-55 when a truck traveling southbound in the same lane struck him. Police say the impact sent Ruffin over the truck. Ruffin suffered fatal injuries in the accident. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver of the truck was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and police do not suspect impairment on the driver’s part.
Police say toxicology reports on Ruffin are pending. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.